Mental Health, Substance Abuse & HIV Prevention Conference


Mission: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Partnering with our community to address health disparities, prevention and adequate access to behavioral and medical care for its residents. “Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of a healthy life for everyone.”
(Healthy People 2020)

GoalThe overall goal of the conference is to increase awareness, explore approaches, and share knowledge among health care professionals, educators, community health workers, social service providers and community residents about the importance of the delivery of mental health, substance use, HIV/HCV prevention and treatment services within a cultural, holistic and interdisciplinary framework to community residents.

Objectives: (operationalized to comply with CEU/CME requirements)
Participants will:

  • Identify the need for addressing the treatment and care needs of special populations such as children, adolescents, young adults and the elderly with mental health disorders, addictions and HIV/AIDS, HCV and ZICA.
  • Learn about the prevalence of opiate addiction in the nation and in the RGV and the most effective treatment options;
  • Learn about applying models of integrated care approaches that effectively address prevention as well as behavioral and medical needs of underserved populations, especially those afflicted with co-morbid mental health disorders, substance use and HIV/AIDS;
  • Identify areas for the inclusion of community health workers (promotoras) in the interdisciplinary prevention and treatment teams;
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the significance of engaging indigenous health/behavioral care providers in the implementation of culturally congruent prevention and treatment services to underserved populations;
  • Learn about the importance of the assessment and inclusion of the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the patient in the provision of treatment services;
  • Identify opportunities for self-care that minimize burnout and prevent compassionate fatigue among health care providers.

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Region One Education Services Center
1900 W. Schunior

Edinburg, Texas

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

To Be Announced

Pedro Ruiz, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine & UT Medical School, Houston, Texas. Professor Emeritus, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Koko Aung, M.D., MOH, FACP
Assistant VP for Faculty Affairs -Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine


Hector Gonzalez, M.D., MPH
Director of Health, City of Laredo Health Deportment


Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.BA, F.A.P.A.,
Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Clinical Professor in School of Social Work & Associate Vice President for Diversity & Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin
Day 1 Forum
Henry Pacheco, M.D.
       Project Director SCAETC

Waldo Lopez, Ph.D., MPH., RS
       Associate Director of Programs, City of Laredo

       Health Department

Mathew Masters, M.D.
       Medical Director, MARS Clinic, Austin, TX
Day 2 Forum
Marsha Griffin, M.D., FAAP
       Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UTRGV School of


Rose M. Ponce, RN, BSN, MPH
       Administrator, Brownsville Independent School

       District Health Services

Diana E. Clough
       Project Coordinator, Brownsville ISD's Youth

       Connection Project for homeless children
CME's, CEU's, CNE's Available

  • Track 1 - Adult/Elderly
           1:40-2:40 P.M. Workshop

           2:50-3:50 P.M. Workshop

           4:00-5:00 P.M. Workshop
  • Track 2 - Children/Adolescents/LGBT
           1:40-2:40 P.M. Workshop

           2:50-3:50 P.M. Workshop

           4:00-5:00 P.M. Workshop
  • Track 3 - Promotoras/Curanderos
           1:40-2:40 P.M. Workshop

           2:50-3:50 P.M. Workshop

           4:00-5:00 P.M. Workshop
  • Track 4 - Veterans/Disabilities
           1:40-2:40 P.M. Workshop

           2:50-3:50 P.M. Workshop

           4:00-5:00 P.M. Workshop
  • Track 5 – Selfcare
           1:40-2:40 P.M. Workshop

           2:50-3:50 P.M. Workshop

           4:00-5:00 P.M. Workshop